aromatherapy, vaporizers, and pneumonia

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  1. DerekWilson

    DerekWilson Platinum Member

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    hi guys,

    i get frequent respiratory infections. i was hospitalized for pneumonia last year and just got over another bout with pneumonia last week. i also get a lot of sinus infections.

    i looked into some things and i'm going to try aromatherapy therapy with a few different herbs (eucalyptus etc) and see what happens. doc said he wouldn't expect much but didn't think it would make things worse either. i'm still interested in trying it.

    but now i'm looking into vaporizers and i have no idea what to get. apparently the weed smoking crowd has been doing vaporizers for a while and there are some pricy things on the market. but i don't know what's good for what i need, but i don't want to spend ~$500 on something that just blows hot air across stuff.

    wikipedia tells me the vaporization temp for eucalyptus is 190 degrees C, so i need something that can hit that heat.

    oh, also i would love some feedback from any of you guys who have tried aromatherapy or anything like it ... i know it's one of those things that hasn't been well verified to help, but i'm really at a point where i want to try everything i can to help improve my chances of avoiding future respiratory infections.
     
  2. rezinn

    rezinn Platinum Member

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    A cheap alternative would be to get yourself a humidifier and add vicks vapo-steam (has eucalyptus oil) and just run that on high while you're sleeping and see if it does any good. It would be a $20-30 dollar test. I tend to get a sinus infection around this time of year for some reason, and I always do this and it helps open me up and I feel better quicker than doing nothing.
     
  3. DerekWilson

    DerekWilson Platinum Member

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    you know, i'll definitely try that out. thanks.
     
  4. TidusZ

    TidusZ Golden Member

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    I have used the volcano vaporizer for over a year, and it it excellent and if you smoke weed frequently its a must have. For your purposes a cheaper vape such as a vapor brothers might be in order, its a little over $100, and should last you forever. http://www.vaporbrothers.com/

    It is also recommended by pretty much everyone as the cheaper vaporizer that doesn't suck. I have tried a vapir one 3.0, and it sucked and broke.
     
  5. dakels

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    I don't really see the need for a super expensive vaporizer/atomizer unit. There are many $10-50 units which atomize/vaporize medication and deliver it in steam effectively. In my opinion, there are a few major concerns.

    1) How often do you plan on using this?
    2) Where will you be using this (portable? always at home? office?)
    3) Which do you prefer, cold or warm steam?

    First off, I would strongly suggest speaking to a pulmonoligist/respitory specialist if you haven't already done so. Then discuss the plan of action and specific medicinal/herbal product you want to try. You may have already done so, but I just want to state it again since inhaling atomized chemicals can be very dangerous.

    I would try an inexpensive nebulizer or cheap evaporative vaporizer like this Vicks. You'll need to find out what conditions your medicine/herbals need to be effective. Eucalyptus oil may need 190C to vaporize but I'm not sure that is what you want. In fact, you may not want that at all as it probably changes the chemical properties. You probably want atomization via sonic or sub boiling evaporative process. Also note that regardless of the process, all humidifier/vaporizer/nebulizer devices can spread germs so make sure you keep it well cleaned and follow care instructions.

    I would try out something like what rezinn suggested. Also try it in small steps with advisement from a physician, especially if you have asthma.

    good luck
     
  6. SagaLore

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    I think you can do aromatherapy without investing in any kind of vaporizer.

    All you need is one of those candle/glass sets where you put some kind of essential oil in the glass, and it sits over a candle. You can also set it on one of those hot plates generally used for scented gels. Eucalyptus oil is pretty common in health food stores. You just need it to evaporate, not "vaporize".

    I'd mix 5 part Eucalyptus, 3 part Thyme oil, and 1 part Tea Tree oil.

    You can also put it a little bit of this in a hot bath and lay it in for awhile (not too much, or this stuff will irritate your skin fast).
     
  7. DerekWilson

    DerekWilson Platinum Member

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    thanks for all the advice :)